(TL;DR at bottom)
I will refer to this custoner as HD(for hotdog-this lady always orders hotdogs when she comes in) Fuck old people who think they’re the only people in the whole damn world. Up until yesterday, I worked at a small arthouse theater. Unfortunately I didn’t quit for good, I’m just transferring. Everything was going fine until. “You have wine now, right?” “Yes.” “I want a pinot grigio” “Unfortunately we’re out of that.” HD ends up ordering a different one. Makes ME open her passport to fine her birthday all 3 times. Mind you, this is a preset system. To dispense 150 mL per serving. “Can you put two servings in a bigger glass?” “No.” “Well why not?” “Its against policy.” Whatever. End of transaction. HD sits and reads a magazine for a while, comes back for her second. Two people in front of her get prosecco (it comes in a little bottle, but it fits in the wine cup all the same) HD is back for her second (you get 3 per visit) “What did they get?” “Wine.” “It looked like they had more than me.” Yes And? It came from a bottle. Yours didn’t. “Whatever. Make a hotdog because when I come back I’m getting food okay.” She says, as she’s walking away. Fine. Annoying, but expected. So a line has formed. Guess I can’t make a hot dog. Oh well. When I finally get through all the other people, she’s back. Alright, fine. This is her last cup so she won’t be back. Last glass of wine, hot dog, small popcorn. I ask someone else to make the food while I finish the transaction. “I’m not gonna be late for the movie, am I?” “What are you seeing "movies title. That’s why I asked for the hotdog earlier so I wouldn’t be late.” If I have customers, you’re not getting shit unless you ask for it then and there, bitch. It started at 4:25. It had 5 minutes of previews because we’ve had it for a while. “You’re fine” I say, with the dryest smile and sweetest voice I can muster. Finally, she’s gone. I go back to the regular, nicer customers. Even after two years, I haven’t learned. Wah wah. Here she comes again. “You lied to me. It’s already started. I don’t see movies that have already started. Even if it’s one second in I’ll turn around and walk out.” Me, not caring, gestures my manager over to her. He: “something I can help you with?” She: “he lied to me. I asked him if it had started he said no.” I never said it hadn’t started. “And then…this….ASSHOLE didn’t make my hotdog when I told him to.” I whip around to look at her but she’s being obscured by the beer. He: “Well I’m the one who made it.” She: “But I told him to so I wouldn’t be late! I spent so much money here today! Each glass of wine was, what 12 dollars??” Me, cheerfully: 14.90! She: “A senior ticker is what, 9 dollars?” He: Well, I can get you some passes if you would like She: “I think I deserve a lot of passes. I’m gonna sit over her while you figure it out.” All the while yelling at me, of course.
Guy who I’m serving: “It’s okay, I’ve been here enough to know you’re not an asshole.” Me: “It’s alright. It’s my last day. Thank you tho.” So my manager comes back with the passes, as this woman angrily eats the popcorn she spent so much money on. She: “he didn’t make my hotdog, and he wouldn’t put two servings in my glass!” He: Well that’s against policy" She: “Well he lied to me.” Long pause. She: “Y"know, I usually like this theater” The scene ends with her sitting and eating for another 5 minutes, then finally leaving. Here’s the kicker: Our cheapest wine is about 8 bucks a cup. She, of course, chose the most expensive. Was I petty? Yes. Do I care? Hell no. I make minimum wage and wear a polo that perpetually smells like popcorn and oil. Wasnt the first time I’ve been called an asshole, and It certainly won’t be the last.
Tl;dr: lady bitches about wine, lady bitches about hotdog, lady bitches about being late for movie, calls me an asshole.
Yo, this is really long, and far from complete. If anyone has suggestions/ideas, I want them. If anything feels wrong or inaccurate I’d love to hear about it!
Vox Machina lives in a shitty off campus house together which they lovingly named the house Grayskull keep. It’s called that because of the building disgusting grey siding, and the landlord’s insistence that they intensively decorate on Halloween. It’s cute, they have a chore wheel (one that no one ever follows, so Keyleth or Pike always end up cleaning).
Percy is pursuing a BFA in Metals, and a BS in mechanical engineering. He was originally just an engineering major, and while it was challenging, he felt like he wasn’t allowed to be creative. He took an introduction to metals class as his art requirement, and shit he was hooked. Percy makes everything from jewelry, to small trinkets, to huge sculptures. He really likes to strike a balance balance between science and art in all of his work. Most of the time you can find him in the metal’s studio, working late into the night, or at the local garage where he works part time on the weekends as one of the mechanics (he uses his paycheck to pay for Vex’s motorcycle insurance). All of Percy’s family died in a tragic fire except for his little sister Cassandra and himself. The Fire Marshall deemed that the fire that killed most of his family was an accident, but he believes that the Briarwoods were the cause for some odd reason.With some of his hefty inheritance left to him by his parents, Percy bought Grayskull Keep, and he is the rest of Vox Machina’s landlord (although he has Vex to handle paying the bills and such, she’s so much better with money it than he is). Half the reason Percy looked for housemates was because he couldn’t live in such a large house alone anymore.
Grog went to college on a football scholarship, but has to drop out of school his sopomore year because his grades were horrible. Seriously, who let the dyslexic kid who hates reading declare English as his major? Before he dropped out he was part of a fraternity. During a night out drinking, Grog stopped his cousin Kevdak, the president of the Frat, from beating up an old bartender who had tried to cut Kevdak off for the night. This pissed Kevdak off enough that he kicked Grog out of the fraternity. Turns out that the man, Wilhelm, owned the bar. He offered Grog a job as a bouncer at The Dawnflower, and offered to set him up with a new place to stay. Grog is a boxer, and trains at the gym called The Braving Grounds. He’s the reigning champ The Crucible, a fight club that operates in the Braving Grounds’ basement.
Pike is a pre-med major. She works at her grandfather’s bar as a waitress part time. She is often gone because she volunteers at local hospitals and nursing homes. With the little free time she has Pike spends it hanging out with her roommates, going out on bar crawls, watching MMA fights on the TV with her best friend Grog, going to temple with her grandpa, and studying. So. Much. Studying. But it’s okay, Pike wants to help people, and being a doctor is the best way to do it. She hopes to be able to work as a surgeon in an OR one day. All them blood and guts yes, please. She had to take a semester off due to a mental break down. She went off to New York City, and got a job working on a cruise ship. The SS Blindspot traveled all around during her six month stint as a deckhand. She’s now back to Emon University now and feeling better than ever.
Vax dropped out of college in his and Vex’s freshman year. This is okay, it happens. College really isn’t for everyone, but like Syldor would ever be okay with that. Vax now works full time at the Clasp Cafe as a barista to pay his share of the rent, because Dad sure as shit isn’t anymore. He really doesn’t like his co-workers at all, so he’s trying to get his paramedic certification so that he doesn’t have to work at the Clasp anymore. His real passion and interest is tattooing, and he is an apprentice at a local tattoo parlor, the Raven’s Nest. His mentor, Queenie, is a bit of a cryptic bitch sometimes, but he really is learning a lot. Vax has told Keyleth he is in love with her, and while she hasn’t fully reciprocated yet, they have a bit of a relationship happening. It’s weird and confusing and they really need to talk about it soon, but for now he’s happy. Also, Vax does parkour.
Vex has always been very good with money, as a child she helped their mother plan budgets for the week and clip coupons so they could stay afloat. She’s an accounting major, and loves crunching numbers. She’s also a vegetarian, and the treasurer of the animal rights club. She has a massive mutt named Trinket, and he gets dog hair literally everywhere. She adopted him as a puppy, when she found him on the side of the road, malnourished, next to his dead mother. She nursed Trinket back to health, and honestly if Vex didn’t take him along on all of her hikes, he would be getting fat. She has a motorcycle she nicknamed broomstick, which she got by “borrowing” it one day from a friend of vox machina, and she simply never gave it back. Honestly, Gern isn’t over it still, but he did just buy a new car, so hopefully he’ll forgive and forget soon. Percy fixed Vex’s motorcycle to be a little safer for free because he was so nervous it would fall apart on he. He added a sidecar so Trinket could ride with her too. Her father may pay for her tuition, food, and rent, but she had no way of paying for her motorcycle insurance. That is, until Percy proposed that she handle collecting rent, taking care of all the bills, and the buying of all the mutually needed items (such as groceries and cleaning supplies) for the household. In exchange for her services, Percy would handle her insurance. Most weekends you can find Vex going on hikes in the local mountains and forests with her dog (and occasionally Keyleth or other members of Vox Machina), going to parties/bar and getting trashed with her friends, getting a free tattoo from her brother so he can practice his craft, and doing the grocery shopping and other tasks for all of Grayskull. She can also be found sitting in the metal studio doing homework while keeping Percy company.
Keyleth is an environmental engineering major who just wants to make the world a cleaner, more energy efficient place. She is vegan, of course. Keyleth is surprisingly an active member of the campus community, despite being socially awkward. She’s part of the recycling club, the animal rights club, and a few other advocacy/environmental groups on campus. She was raised in a hippy colony in the middle of nowhere, so while college isn’t all that different, it’s still a culture shock sometimes. Keyleth is attending the college on a big scholarship, since hippies don’t have all that much money. It comes from Aramente Inc, an environmental engineering firm. It also guarantees Keyleth a leadership position in their activism division after she graduates. However, she is required to travel to other universities and give talks on the organization and what it does while she is in school. Being socially awkward and terribly shy, she is understandably very nervous about this. Keyleth also is constantly on the frontlines of protests, and begs whoever has a car (it used to be Tibs before he moved, now it’s Vex) to take her to the bus/train station so she can get to the city/location for a new sit in or other important thing. Vox Machina joins her on occasion. She and Vax are kind of sort of dating? She might be in love just a little bit? It’s pretty weird what they have going on. She likes to go on hikes often, whether alone or with Vex she doesn’t care. She just enjoys being in nature. Her favorite moments are when she makes a bonfire in grayskull keep’s yard, and everyone comes outside and shares a few drinks and laughs. They all make s’mores and enjoy one another’s company. She loves working in the garden behind the house, and constantly brings in fresh vegetables to cook with.
Scanlan never wanted to go to college, but his mom’s dying wish was for him to go. And while he knew he could make his dreams of being a musician/actor/all around celebrity come true without the help of a degree, he wanted to make his mother happy before she died. So now he’s at Emon and is pursuing a dual degree in Music and Theater. He’s constantly performing in starring roles in school productions, and performing at the local open mic nights around town. At these open mic nights he performs either musical acts or stand up comedy. His favorite classes are usually improv based, and he loves making silly songs based off of major hit songs, except he replaces the words with relevant things or his friends names. He’s quite the lady’s man, and when not performing anywhere he’s hitting up the bars and hitting on the ladies. He used to claim he was hopelessly in love with their beautiful pre-med major, but he stopped with the whole failing to imagine her complexly thing. He’s starting to get to know Pike, truly and honestly. He’s changed a lot recently. It helps that he just found out he’s going to be a dad. While Scanlan and his baby mama are never going to be together, they are on decent terms. Scanlan still wants to be a part of his future daughter’s life, and is trying his hardest to get his act together.
Tiberius was an undeclared freshman, who was forced to transfer to a school closer to his home by his family. This forced transfer happened after he totaled his car nicknamed the flying carpet. Tibs and Vox Machina still keep in touch sometimes.
The Slayers take apartment building. The symbol on the buildings sign is a red dragon getting stabbed by a valiant knight. Everyone thinks that it’s really ugly. Plus, the university’s mascot is a dragon, so that’s a little fucked up.
The Slayer’s Take Apartment building’s landlady’s name is Vanessa. And she is really scary. Her husband Murtin is the building’s caretaker.
Zahra and Lilith are cousins and roommates. They have a third roommate name Kashaw. Zahra is close friends with all of Vox Machina, and best friends with Vex. Kash and Zahra are very close. Most would guess that they’re dating, but they’re more akin to siblings than anything else. Both Zahra and Lilith are pagans. Zahra is an Astronomy major. Lilith is a pre-med major and wants to work in a morgue one day.
Kash is a philosophy-psychology double major on a pre-med track. He’s going to be a doctor because that’s what his family expects of him, and well he doesn’t have any other ideas, plus he would be a pretty decent psychologist. Most people think he doesn’t give a shit, but that’s really just a persona. Kash gets along with certain members of Vox Machina than others. He has a pretty big crush on Keyleth, but backs off as soon as he notices the thing Vax and Keyleth have going on. He was pretty depressed in high school, and isn’t afraid of hiding his scars. He isn’t afraid to tell others his story, because he hopes it’ll help others if they know they’re not alone.
Lyra lives in the slayers take too, with her roommate Aldor. Seeing as her uncle is a very rich man, Lyra doesn’t have to live with a roommate at all, or even at a cheap place like the Slayers Take. She likes it there, and she really likes Aldor. Lyra is a library science major. Aldor is on the football team, and a physical therapy major (maybe).
Thorbir lives at the slayer’s take, and is a single father with his young daughter. Thorbir is one of the cops in town.
the amount of times he pulled Tiberius over for speeding before he crashed the flying carpet was a little ridiculous.
he might look like an asshole, but he’s actually one of the good cops.
Osysa lives in the slayers take as well, and is a shut in. She does however pay her rent on time, somehow. Few have ever seen her face, but she’s great with advice. She has a boyfriend on the other side of the country.
The school they go to is called Emon University, in a small liberal town called Tal’Dorei. The University’s logo is a bright red dragon.
Allura and Kima are both professors at the school. As are Seeker Assum and the rest of the council.
Uriel is the President of the University.
Dr. Dranzel is the owner and proprietor of a bar that frequently has live music. Scanlan performs there regularly. Dr. Dranzel is also is a theater professor at the university. (although I am not sure on this point yet).
Gilmore owns the best coffee shop in town. Literally the best. The decor is homey with just the right flair for the eccentric- think kind of like the cafe in friends but with a bit more psychedelic decor. He has the best community nights, an open mic night every Thursday, and board game days every other Sunday afternoon. The best thing about Gilmore’s is the man himself, and the amazing company he provides his guests. Gilmore claims that it’s those low college prices that keep the customers coming back (it’s not really as cheap as he thinks, trust me the Clasp sells cheaper shit). The coffee made by Sherri is fantastic, although barista always in a shit mood. The entirety of vox machina are regulars, and they’ve gotten literally everyone they know to go to Gilmore’s. Sherri has the biggest crush on Scanlan.
Gern owns a candle shop that Zahra and Lilith frequent. He claims that each candle will change the mood of those inhaling the scent. He’s very passionate about candles. His employes are always half asleep because they inhale too many scents on a daily basis.
Karen is the owner of the garage that Percy works at. She knows he doesn’t need the paycheck, but he’s pretty damn good at his job, so she allows him to work part time. Karen does a lot of specialty jobs (if you’ve ever seen pimp my ride–she kind of is like that, except less flashy). She loves repairing old cars and making them look brand new again.
Wilhelm owns The Dawnflower, a local bar, with some of the best home-brewed moonshine ever, Sarenrae’s Grace. The recipe has been in the Trickfoot family since prohibition, it’s terrible but it’ll get you drunk in minutes.
The Clasp Cafe, has the cheapest coffee in town, therefore it’s really busy. But that being said, it’s not really that great of coffee. Vax hates working there because of how busy it gets, and while Gilmore would hire him in a heartbeat, he doesn’t want to made his relationship with the man even more awkward than it already is. Vax works with Garthok usuallly. He’s a pretty chill guy and is your friendly neighborhood drug dealer. His distributer is the owner of the Clasp, so in reality all of the people who work at the clasp sell drugs out the back, but Garthok is the guy who know’s his stuff the best. He doesn’t deal in anything too heavy. He sells pot mostly, a few hallucinogenic substances, but other than that not much. You go up to him during his shift and ask for the mean green special to get the good stuff.
The Braving Grounds is a boxing gym run by Earthbreaker Groon. Groon is Grog’s boxing coach, and believes if grog tried, he could potentially become an MMA fighter. Grog recently defeated his rival, a man named Kern, in the Crucible, the local fight club located underneath the Braving Grounds. Another person of note from the Crucible is a woman named the Siren (she lives at the Slayers Take Apartments and works at a club called the Velvet Cabaret). Grog has a slight crush on
Shale is one of Grog’s aunts. She shows up from time to time and gives out crazy old lady advice, and cooks Vox Machina some weird recipe that has been in the family for generations thankyouverymuch.
After Kevdak graduated, his little brother Zanror took over as president of Grog’s former frat. Zanror and Grog are on decent enough terms, although they do not see each other often.
Syldor took the twins into his custody after their mother died in a work accident when they were ten. Syldor had no idea of the twin’s existence until that point, and was a really shit father. He took hands off parenting to a new level. He was always away on business trips and typically ignored them when he was home. The pair really don’t get along with their father, and constantly fight with him over the phone. They are very close with their half sister, who just turned 5, and they are on decent terms with their step-mother.
Delilah and Sylas Briarwood became the remaining de Rolo siblings foster parents and were absolutely horrible to them.
Percy and the rest of Vox Machina are fighting to get Cassandra out of the couple’s custody and into grayskull keep. Percy is over the age of 18 after all, and is should be Cassandra’s legal chargeThe judge is in the Briarwood’s pocket, and deems a college house’s atmosphere too dangerous for a young child (despite the fact that Cassandra is already in high school). Percy offers to move to another home, away from the university, yet the judge still denies custody.
After Peter turns down the Avengers, he returns to school next week feeling over the moon until he hears that Michelle’s family decided to pull her out of Midtown. As he and Ned go to say goodbye, they find the apartment completely deserted. The more Peter investigates, the more he realizes Michelle Jones is practically a ghost, void of photos or any evidence that she’d ever been in his life.
Leaving Midtown was the hardest thing Agent Mariatu Jendayi (Mary Jane, for short) has ever had to do. As the Wakandan ally returns to her home at the Avengers Institute, she is devastated to hear that her mission target rejected the offer to join the Avengers. As she says goodbye to her cover as Michelle Jones, Mariatu decides it’s time to move on with her work at the brand new SHIELD.
There are no inherently bad people. Everyone believes that, myself included. I don’t doubt the existence of virtue. And yet people bare their fangs when it seems they can profit. People will rationalize their own behavior whenever they become tainted with evil; they’re not supposed to be evil. In order to preserve their own twisted integrity, the world becomes twisted. Someone you praised as “cool” until yesterday is “stuck up” today; someone you respected as “smart and knowledgeable” is now scorned as someone who “looks down on bad students”, and “energetic vigor” becomes “annoying and overly carried away”.
It was another routine day for Luke, he was bored of his life being the same, he needed something different, he loved his life but he wanted something exciting to happen. Luke couldn’t stop thinking about the girl he saw yesterday, she was pure beauty in his eyes, she had everything he has ever wanted in a girl, her voice was stuck in his memory, he could hear her sing, and he was mesmerize by that powerful voice.
Today at work wasn’t anything exciting, he just stood there behind the counter with guitar in hand playing because not too many people were coming in. It was a boring day so his boss told him he could leave earlier because, there’s nothing Luke could be doing there.
He quickly pack up all of his things and his guitar and made his way out of the shop, he was walking down the street when he heard the girl from yesterday singing, he quietly approached where she was singing and stood there admiring her, she was truly a sight to see. Today was the day he was going to talk to her, he needed it, so when she finished the song and put her guitar down, Luke walk up to her and spoke up.
“I’ve been walking down this street for so many months and i have always been in my own little world, until yesterday when i noticed you, and since then i don’t want to go another day without noticing you. I’m Luke.” - He was nervous mess, but somehow the words he spoke came out more confident that he really was.
“I’ve been singing on this street more months, and i have always noticed you in your own little world, until yesterday when you stopped. Nice to meet you Luke, I’m [Y/N].” - Luke felt stupid for not noticing her before, but there’s nothing he could do about that, but he could make the present count.
“You have such a beautiful voice, i truly admire what you do, having the guts to sing to people. There’s a coffee shop down the street, mind joining me for coffee?”- He looked into her eyes, and they were shining like it was something she has been waiting to hear for a long time, and that made him feel good, he caused that effect on her.
“Yeah i would love to join you.”
She started packing up her guitar and they both started making their way to the coffee shop, during the walk they talked about all different type of things, from music to family, and Luke thought that she couldn’t get any more perfect. He loved how she would run a hand through her hair when it got in her face, he loved how she smiled and laughed when he said something funny, he loved being the caused she was smiling.
When they got to the little coffee shop, he told her to find two seats and he would go to order some coffee for the two of them. He made his way to the counter and ordered some coffee with two muffins and paid for it. When he got his order he made his way towards the table she was at, and gave her the coffee and a muffin.
They spent the whole evening talking about music, and what they wanted to be when they were older, he was really comfortable talking to her, Luke had always been a really shy person, but she brought out something else in him, she made him come out of his shell, and he loved the feeling of being able to talk to her without making a fool out of himself.
It was getting late when she told Luke she had to get going, but she would love to see him again, because she really had a fun time with him, so they exchanged numbers and they both made their ways home with a smile on their faces, if this is what happiness felt like they were okay with that.
Luke was about to go to bed when he heard his phone go off, he thought it was weird not too many people texted him or called him so he thought it must have been something really important, unlocking his phone he saw he had a text from [Y/N], her name on the screen brought a smile to his face, he felt weird how can someone he has known for two can make him feel like this, he wouldn’t call it love because he didn’t even know what love was but he would call it something special that was what it was something special. Opening the message, he saw a photo of her in bed cuddling with her monkey stuffed animal and a text that said:
“ You make me feel funny Luke, you are special. Goodnight”.
And from that night Luke knew his life wasn’t going to be boring again, he would have something to look forward everyday because [Y/N] was going to be there with him.